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Family Astronomy & Telescope Night Feb. 28

Moon

Did you know that some stars throb and pulse like a heartbeat?  That some stars change their color or their brightness back and forth over days or months?  Or that one of the brightest stars in our sky has suddenly dimmed quite noticeably, and astronomers don’t know why? Join us at MSU St. Andrews in Midland to learn more! Families with school-age…

Family Astronomy & Telescope Night POSTPONED

Girl learning to use telescope

This month holds the best opportunity to view both Jupiter and Saturn for all of 2017! >Telescopes will be available, but you can bring your own binoculars too! Program: At 9:00pm, there will be a short presentation about astronomy, describing the different telescopes we have; When it is dark (about 9:30pm), we will go outdoors for an observing session. Jupiter and Saturn…

Family Stargazing April 28 Not Impeded by Rain

Professor Edmund Stark providing an astronomy lesson to a family

The stargazing event on April 28 was unfortunately impeded by clouds and light rain, but the fun and learning continued indoors. MSU researcher, Edmund Stark, provided in introduction to astronomy by explaining astronomical sizes and distances. Using a globe to model the Earth, he described the sizes of the moon, other planets, other moons, and the sun, relative to the globe, the…